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3 police die, 5 injured in suburban shootout

A MAN opened fire on police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call yesterday morning in the US city of Pittsburgh, killing three of them before barricading himself in the home.

At least five officers were wounded, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.

The man who fired at the officers was arrested after a several-hour standoff. One witness reported hearing hundreds of shots.

Edward Perkovic, a 22-year-old who said he was the gunman's best friend, said he got a call at work from the gunman in which he said, "Eddie, I am going to die today. Tell your family I love them and I love you."

"I heard gunshots and he hung up," Perkovic said.

The officers were called to the home in the Stanton Heights neighborhood at about 7am, Richard said.

Tom Moffitt, 51, a city firefighter who lives two blocks away, said he heard about the shooting on his scanner and came to the scene, where he heard "hundreds, just hundreds of shots. And not just once - several times."

Rob Gift, 45, who lives a block away, said he heard rapid gunfire as he was letting his dog out.


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